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October 5, 2012

Time to pack. I look at the schedule in horror. 15 days without laundry. How did this happen? Fire the manager!

Oh, wait. That would be me.

On show days I go through 3 outfits (street clothes and two sets of stage). How will I fit all that in the van? Good thing I'm not tall.

I work off a five page master packing list. It holds everything I've ever needed ontour. I assume I can eliminate at least half, since I don't need foreign currency, passport, or knee pads.

Wrong. Still four pages.

Two hanging bags, suitcase, two guitars, a large gear box filled with cables, strings, mics, pedals, for stage. A suitcase, computer bag, and home traction kit for me.. Plus a "spares bag" that holds the second half of those 15 days. Also an old spare computer in its original box.

This can't be. Must ramp down. I take a half day, unpack everything, lose two T-shirts and a pair of socks.Then I add my sneakers.

Janis & Gracie Mae

Janis & Gracie Mae

Oh wait! We're going to Maine. In the winter. Thank God the spares bag is expandable. I manage to stuff vest, hat, scarf, gloves in, though I can't close it until I sit on it while holding our new puppy, Gracie Mae. Who has quadrupled in size and weight in the past month. Hm. Perhaps I should just put everything inside her. She's obviously expanding.

This doesn't include merchandise, posters, paperwork. Not to mention our new credit card machine, the Square, which we will attach to our new iPad while facing East and saying strenuous prayers for its good health and reliability

Gracie At Work

Gracie At Work

Feeling managerial, I talk with my agents. None of the folk shows are selling well this season. Ditto jazz, Celtic, "indie" and "Americana", whatever they are now. There are clear reasons, and I posted them all in my own forum here as well as here, on my own Facebook page. I suggest going to the forum, since Facebook arbitrarily removes my posts when I'm not looking. I'm too busy packing to keep up anyway.

Janis & Bette Midler

Janis & Bette Midler

I've had a few distractions. Bette Midler and I spent a day working on a lovely song called "I Will Bring You Spring." I've been telling her she should try writing songs since I first met her, back around 1974 - and for a first-time songwriter she was incredible. Pat and I spent the next evening eating sushi with Bette and her husband Martin, laughing a lot. I feel better afterwards; I bet even Bette Midler has to pack when she goes on tour. Though probably not as many bags. Or maybe more. She's taller than I am.

Gracie Mae is one of the great teethers of all time, so I'm doubly grateful to Karensews for the cool Rude Girl stuffy. Also to whoever invented ice cubes, which provide her with a cheap fun way to ruin the kitchen floor while chewing on them.

Front: Don Henry, Gretchen Peters, Janis, Susan McCluskey, Back: Daryl Purpose, Diana Jones, Barry Walsh, Walter Egan, Photo by Debra Hyslop

Front: Don Henry, Gretchen Peters, Janis, Susan McCluskey, Back: Daryl Purpose, Diana Jones, Barry Walsh, Walter Egan, Photo by Debra Hyslop

Spent a great night at the Belcourt with Walter Egan, Don Henry, Diana Jones, Gretchen Peters, Darryl Purpose and Barry Walsh. Left wishing we could take it on the road. In fact, Diana will be on the road with me for a few shows, and I'll be working with Tom Paxton as well.

Uh oh. Just remembered I'm in the studio tomorrow laying down new songs, and at the Bluebird Saturday. Well, that leaves Sunday to re-pack...

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on January 29, 2015

  • February 18

    The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ

    The Rhythm Room

    Phoenix, AZ

    Phone: (602) 265-4842

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    One of Janis' favorite clubs, the Rhythm Room is a funky, friendly place with fantastic audiences! Anything can happen - one visit, her dressing room was a converted closet (cleaned and dusted, but a little airless.) Another time, 3 people in the front row called in a pizza order just before she went onstage, left the room to meet the delivery guy and pay, brought the pizza back to their seats, ate it, then left during her fifth song. (We have no idea why they came in the first place.) Janis says "We call places like the Rhythm Room 'hot & sweaty gigs' because that's what they are - and those places are where you can experiment, take chances, try out newer material. Great gig."

  • Friday February 20

    Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces, NM

    Rio Grande Theatre

    Las Cruces, NM

    Phone: (877)466-3404

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    A first-time event for Janis; in 40+ years of touring, she's never played Las Cruces. Very exciting!

  • Sunday February 22

    Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, NM

    Jean Cocteau Cinema

    Santa Fe, NM

    Phone: 505-466-5028

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    At 7 pm Janis will take the stage, and after her first set, there'll be a short intermission. After that, her old friend George R R Martin (yes, that GRRM - the Game of Thrones GRRM) and she will settle in onstage for a bit of conversation together, followed by the rest of Janis' show. How's that for special?! There are even some VIP tickets available for a meet and greet with George and Janis before the show, so be there or be square!

  • Monday Feburary 23

    Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, NM

    Jean Cocteau Cinema

    Santa Fe, NM

    Phone: 505-466-5528

    Visit the venue's website

    At 7 pm Janis will take the stage, and after her first set, there'll be a short intermission. After that, her old friend George R R Martin (yes, that GRRM - the Game of Thrones GRRM) and she will settle in onstage for a bit of conversation together, followed by the rest of Janis' show. How's that for special?! There are even some VIP tickets available for a meet and greet with George and Janis before the show, so be there or be square!

  • Sunday March 1st - Tribute to Gene Shay

    First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia, PA

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    This tribute to long-time supporter and friend Gene Shay marks his 80th birthday, and his retirement from radio (after 50 years!). Gene, along with Ed Sciaky, broke "Society's Child" in Philly - in fact, their radio show was the first out-of-town press Janis ever did! Join Janis, Tom Paxton, Kim and Reggie Harris, and a couple of very special guest stars for this singular event!

  • Wednesday March 4th with Tom Paxton

    South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ

    South Orange Performing Arts Center

    South Orange, NJ

    Phone: 973-313-2787

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    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for what feels like far too short a time.

    Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • Thursday March 5th with Tom Paxton

    Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

    Tarrytown Music Hall

    Tarrytown, NY

    Phone: 877-840-0457

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Friday March 6 with Tom Paxton

    The City Winery, New York, NY

    The City Winery

    New York, NY

    Phone: 212-608-0555 X 714

    Visit the venue's website

    Finally, Janis and Tom in New York! This is a great venue, great sound, great performers. Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show; Janis was just 13 years old. She took the stage with Tom, Lou Gossett Jr., Phil Ochs, Eric Anderson, and other folk singers to get a standing ovation and two encores.

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "the sum is greater than the parts". They'll each be doing a solo set, so you'll still get to hear songs like "At 17", but they'll also be singing on one another's songs, harmonizing, playing backup, and kidding around. Don't miss it!

  • Saturday March 7 - with Tom Paxton

    Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY

    Patchogue Theatre

    Patchogue, NY

    Phone: (631) 207-1313

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr, Phil Ochs, and a few other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid - go back!"

    The show these two dear friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "the sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing on each others' songs, add harmonies and instrumentals, and share the stage for what feels like far too short a time.

    Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • Sunday March 8 with Tom Paxton

    Marasco Performing Arts Center, Monroe Township, NJ

    Marasco Performing Arts Center

    Monroe Township, NJ

    Phone: (732) 521-4400

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

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